Yesterday, 22 July, was the Feast of Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the Sisters of Charity and our source of inspiration.   

In her book “Friend of the Poor Mary Aikenhead Woman of Vision, Commitment and Inspiration” Rosaleen Crossan rsc provides us with an insight into the final hours of Mary Aikenhead’s life where her concern was for others, not herself. 

On the eve of her death, the Sisters in Donnybrook sent a messenger to enquire after her health.  Mary’s thoughts were only for the poor lady who had walked all the way and she asked that a new pair of boots be given to her.  Then, remembering that the next day was the Feast of St Mary Magdalene, when the ladies in Donnybrook would be celebrating their feast day, Mary told the Sisters: ‘If I die tomorrow, do not tell the poor penitents until the day after, as it would spoil their pleasure.’ These are Mary’s last recorded words.  The following day, 22 July 1858, Mary died at 3pm, having received holy communion a few hours earlier.  

In the June 2021 edition of the Mary Aikenhead Ministries newsletter, Journeys, there is an article written by Elizabeth Dodds rsc describing the renewed focus for the canonisation of Mary Aikenhead.  I include the excerpt from the newsletter and the daily prayer for the beatification of Venerable Mary Aikenhead below.

Bringing Venerable Mary Aikenhead to the World:  The “Cause”.

Renewed energy and prayer are needed for the canonisation of Venerable Mary Aikenhead.  We, of course, know and believe that Mary Aikenhead is a saint.  However, there are official Vatican processes to be followed to have her declared a saint for the universal Church.  The canonisation process is lengthy and difficult.  We refer to this process as the “Cause”.  The Cause passes through four stages:  Servant of God; Venerable; Blessed and finally Saint.

Mary Aikenhead was declared Venerable by Pope Francis on March 18, 2015.  It was a day of great rejoicing for those who had worked so hard for many years to have her Cause passed through the Vatican office referred to as the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.  Sr Josephine McDonald rsc, now deceased, had worked assiduously for years as Vice-Postulator, to bring about this wonderful occasion.

Many throughout the world are now working diligently to have Mary Aikenhead declared Blessed.  There is a network of Cause Contact Sisters in Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Zambia, Nigeria, Malawi and the United States.  I am the Cause Contact Sister for Australia and I meet regularly via zoom with the other Sisters.

To assist this process, we can encourage more favours to be granted through the intercession of Venerable Mary Aikenhead.  Requests or favours granted can be communicated to myself via email:  Prayer cards are also available through this email.

Let us have this great and holy woman whose name we honour in our ministries declared Blessed.  Let us also celebrate her life as each March 18th comes around.

Elizabeth Dodds rsc
Sisters of Charity of Australia

Next Friday we look forward to celebrating Mary Aikenhead Day as part of our celebrations for Catholic Education Week.
In Faith and Love,

Sharon Volp

Friday Week 3
Mary Aikenhead Day
Term 3 College Community Event

"Picnic on the Green"
Sunday 29 August

We are excited to announce a new event to our College calendar for 2021, ‘Picnic on the Green’ - an opportunity for Mt St Michael’s families to come together for a relaxed afternoon in the lead up to Father’s Day. Join us at Bardon Bowls Club on Sunday 29 August from 1-5pm.

Tickets on Sale Week 3
State Honours Ensemble Program 

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) has grown from relatively modest beginnings in 2001 to now include more than 4000 participants in twelve programs throughout Queensland.  The annual SHEP Middle School program (Years 7-9) provides an opportunity for students of wind, brass, percussion, string and voice to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from South-East QLD. Under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from the Conservatorium, this event is an exciting and challenging environment, and provides a huge boost to the students’ musicianship and ensemble skills.  
Congratulations to the six talented MSM Middle School participants, Ruby (Year 7) – Violin, Evita (Year 7) – Violoncello, Poliana (Year 7) – Violoncello, Klaudia (Year 9) - Alto Saxophone, Bridget (Year 9) – Voice and Ruby (Year 9) – Clarinet.   
Aeroschools Junior Challenge

Congratulations to our MSM Aerobics girls who competed in the Aeroschools Junior Challenge qualifier on Saturday 17 July. MSM was rewarded with some great results and it was fantastic to have the opportunity for our teams to perform as we look towards the State and hopefully National competitions later this year.

Thanks to My Dynamics who put on a fantastic competition! 

Please see the results below:
Level 5 Senior Pair 
Chelsea and Laura - 3rd
Emily and Charlotte - 1st 

Level 5 Senior Trio
Chloe , Brigitte , Emma - 2nd 
Imogen , Ella , Ionie - 1st 

Level 5 - Senior Group 
Ionie , Ella , Emma , Brigitte , Chloe - 1st 

Emily , Charlotte , Imogen , Laura , Chelsea - 2nd 

Level 4 - Intermediate Pair 
Sophie , Annalise - 1st 

Level 4 Intermediate Trio 
Zoe , Caylia , Chanel - 1st 
Level 4 Intermediate Group 
Chanel, Caylia, Zoe, Annalise, Sophie - 1st 

Level 3 Intermediate Trio 
Annika, Aroha, Tara - 3rd
Ruby, Lily, Ingrid - 2nd 
Louise, Hannah, Eliza - 1st 

Level 3 Intermediate Pair 
Bella, Jasmine - 1st 
Giselle, Sally - 2nd 

Level 3 Intermediate Group 
Giselle, Sally, Bella, Jasmine - 3rd
Eliza, Annika, Aroha, Tara - 2nd 
Hannah, Louise, Ingrid, Ruby, Lily -1st 
Year 10 HPE Support St Joseph's Primary School Under 8's Day!

The Year 10 Health and Physical Education class spent the morning at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School assisting with the Under 8’s Day. Our students had a fantastic time helping out with a range of activities, including face painting, clay stamping and trackless train rides. Our students enjoyed interacting with the St Joseph’s students and they were fantastic ambassadors for our College. They also enjoyed their own ride on the trackless train as a reward for their efforts. 
Year 7 Retreat

Our Year 7 students have experienced their first Mt St Michael’s Retreat. Providing the girls with an opportunity to bond as a cohort and reflect on their emerging identities as students at our College, the team at Project Hatch led a day of engaging and thought-provoking activities. The Year 7 homeroom team enjoyed spending time with students and watching their confidence increase as they were pushed beyond their comfort zones. It was a wonderful day of reflection filled with song, laughter, smiles and spirituality.
Year 8 Retreat
MSM Year 8 students had a wonderful Retreat Day under the guidance of Dave from Project Hatch. It was an opportunity for the students to reflect on their spiritual journey and their connectedness with others and with God. Students immersed themselves in the activities and formed stronger relationships with their peers. They were encouraged to recognise that they “are enough” and that each of us has been created in the likeness of God. Students investigated what it means to know and own their Character Strengths and the positive impact this has on ourselves and others.
Dancing Around the World with Year 10 HPE
Well done to Year 10 core HPE students who are participating in an “Around the world” dancing unit. This is a topical unit considering the Olympics are occurring. Girls have participated in Scottish, Australian and African dances and have many more countries to experience as the term progresses. 
MSM Equestrian Success

Congratulations to Year 12 student, Lily who represented MSM at the Interschool QLD 2021 Hygain State Eventing Championships at Morgan Park Horse Trials in Warwick. Lily competed in the EvA95 class and over the two days completed all 3 disciplines, Dressage, Show jumping and Cross Country. Against tough competition Lily finished in 4th place overall and has now been selected to represent Qld at the Nationals in Victoria later in the year. Well done, Lily!
Help Support the MSM Environment Group

Support the MSM Environment Group by donating your eligible containers! Bring your containers to school or use our scheme ID when returning to your local depot. Your donations will go towards funding our current and future environmental initiatives.

Mt St Michael's College scheme ID: C10333591
Celebrating Catholic Education Week

Next week we will be celebrating Catholic Education in Australia. The theme for 2021 celebrations is A Spirited Tomorrow and provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote our distinctive mission and ethos. This theme acknowledges the long tradition of Catholic education and its continued relevance in preparing students for the future.
MSM College Community Groups
Parents and Friends Association

Monday 16 August- 6pm
Monday 6 September- 6pm
Monday 8 November (meeting and AGM) - 6pm

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MSM Parents and Friends Association,
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Alumni Association

Monday 23 August- 6pm
Monday 13 September - 6pm
Monday 11 October - 6pm
Monday 29 November - 6pm

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MSM Alumni Association,
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Alumni Association
Go Meg Go!
The entire Mt St Michael’s College community extends our best wishes to Australian Olympic swimmer, Meg Harris (MSM Alumni - Class of 2019) ahead of the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Go Meg.
Australian Swimming Team selected for Tokyo 2020
P&F Association
2021 P&F Mothers' Lunch
Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2021 P&F Mothers' Lunch to be held on Friday 20 August from 11:30am – 4pm at The Greek Club, South Brisbane. This event provides an opportunity for Mother’s to indulge in a beautiful lunch and support the Sisters of Charity Scholarship Fund through our raffle with some great prizes up for grabs! Gather your friends and book your table or seats now to avoid disappointment. Bookings are essential and ticket sales will close on Tuesday 3 August, if not sold out prior. 

This event is open to all MSM Mothers and bookings are essential.
A Message from your 2021 Mothers' Lunch Committee

Calling on the generous spirit of the MSM Community to assist with prize donations and sponsorship of the upcoming MSM Mothers' Lunch on Friday 20 August, 2021. This wonderful event is open to mothers of current MSM students and is a major fundraiser for the College.

If you are a business owner or family that can support this event by donating valuable products and services, we would love to hear from you. The funds raised at the Mothers' Lunch contribute to the Mt St Michael's Sisters of Charity Scholarship Fund, improving the education of young women.

We hope that you are able to contribute to this year's event and appreciate your ongoing involvement in our school community. Please email 

Supporting our Community -
Ministry Care Programme

Our College is aware that there are students and families within our community who, from time to time, are in need of support due to a variety of factors. As a community, we respond through preparing meals for families experiencing difficult circumstances. If you would like to contribute to the Ministry Care Programme and support those who are going through difficult times, please contact Stephen Campion:
Now available on the College APP!
Mt St Michael’s College is pleased to bring to you the MSM Business Directory. Accessed through our website and APP, this online portal, profiles businesses and provides opportunities to connect with the wider MSM community to promote your services, sales and special offers. 

Many business owners profiled in the MSM Business Directory are long-term friends of the College. They include current and past parents, local businesses and alumni who, together show a commitment to Mt St Michael’s College and support for MSM events, fundraisers and initiatives. 

If you would like to be included in the online MSM Business Directory, simply email

For more information please click here
2021 Term Dates
Term 1
Wednesday 27 January -
Thursday 1 April (concluding at 3:05 pm)

Term 2
Tuesday 20 April -
Friday 18 June (concluding at 12:30 pm)
Term 3
Tuesday 13 July -
Friday 17 September (concluding at 3:05 pm)

Term 4
Tuesday 5 October -
Friday 19 November
(Year 12 students)

Tuesday 5 October to Friday 26 November
(Years 7-11)  (concluding at 12:30 pm)

Mt St Michael's College Merchandise

Available at the Secondhand Uniform shop
Fabric Tote Bag with words $12
Handtowel $5
Both items for only $15 (save $2)

Fabric Tote Bag also available at The Kaf
Parents are reminded, for the safety of everyone, to DROP students off in the LOADING ZONE area outside the Ionian Centre and avoid areas marked with yellow lines which is against road safety rules. This is dangerous as it blocks other driver’s visibility and obstructs cars from moving around.
Onsite parking in the College grounds; Grantuly, undercover in the Ionian Centre and within the campus near the Sophia Centre is only permitted for staff. In consideration of our neighbours, please refrain from parking across driveways, adhere to the 40 km speed limit and be considerate of those living around the College when dropping and picking up students. Please do not drop off or pick up students within the College grounds.

In consideration for our neighbours, where possible please avoid leaving your motor running, especially when parked outside a home.
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